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Architectural Overview

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412 Whitney:

The Raymond J. Lennon House is a north-facing Tudor Cottage built ca. 1923-24. The west side of its lot fronts on Whitney Avenue, its south side fronts an alley, and its east side abuts the lot for 414 Whitney. The house has one-and-a-half stories and is clad in cut stone. It has a side gabled, tall, steeply pitched roof with the right (west) third of the roof offset to the rear and separated from the main portion by a chimney rising to the ridge. Roofing is dark brown asphalt shingle. Two shed-roof dormers dominate the front façade. The larger dormer on the center portion of the house has a pair of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows at the center, bracketed by a single nine-over-one double-hung sash window on either side. The nine-light patterns in the upper sash are in an Arts and Crafts pattern, with small rectangular lights around the edge of the sash and a large light in the center. All references to nine-light windows henceforth indicate this pattern. To the right (west), a smaller dormer in the offset part of the roof contains a pair of smaller nine-over-one double-hung sash windows. The front entrance is slightly to the right of center and is protected by a flared roof overhang supported on a small arched porch. A pair of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows is to the right (west) of the entrance, and a similar but slightly larger pair is to the left. Further left (east) is a second entrance door with ten lights, flanked by nine-light windows on either side.

The right (east) façade is clad in cut stone on the ground floor level and stucco on the second floor gabled portion. The peak of the gable is clad in dark-stained wood clapboard. The ground floor has a bank of five nine-light casement windows centered on the façade. The second floor has a pair of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows likewise centered on the façade.

The rear (south) façade has a large and a small shed-roof dormer mirroring those on the front, with similar window configurations. The ground floor has a bump-out on the right (east) end which accommodates a two-car garage built into the southeast corner of the house. The façade contains, at the ground floor level, from left to right, a pair of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows, a small nine-over-one double-hung sash window, a somewhat larger nine-over-one double-hung sash window on the bump-out facing west, a trio of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows on the bump-out facing south, a service door, and a double garage door. Five basement windows are visible on this façade.

The east façade is built into the hillside and encloses the garage. The upper level is partially obscured by the pyramidal hip roof covering the east portion of the garage. This level is clad in stucco and contains three evenly spaced nine-light casement windows. The attic level contains a small double-hung sash window, above which is the triangular clapboard cladding at the roof peak found on the west façade as well. The garage bump-out extends approximately three-fourths of the way toward the front of the house. The north façade of the garage contains a service door and the north end of the west side of the house contains a pair of double-hung sash windows at the ground level.

Lot Dimensions: 61.3’ x 75’ (4597 sq. ft.)


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414 Whitney:

The William F. Barrett house is a two-story, north-facing Tudor cottage built ca. 1923-24. Clad in yellow stucco over a red brick waist-high foundation, the building is L-shaped. The main wing has a roof ridge running fore and aft over the front door on the right end of the building, with steeply-pitched, clipped-gable rooflines. The other wing runs side to side left (east) of the main wing. This wing has a gambrel roof and broad shed-roof dormers. The building has engaged timbers embedded in the stucco on gables of the west end. Roofing is dark brown asphalt shingle.

The front façade contains the main entry on the right (west) end within an arched frame. Tall, two-light sidelights on either side of the entry, just beyond the arched framework, illuminate the foyer. Directly above, three four-over-one double-hung sash windows within the aforementioned Tudor timbering are centered in the clipped gable. To the left (east), a set of three four-over-one double-hung sash windows is centered in this end of the façade at the ground level. Above, a full-width dormer contains, on the right, a single double-hung sash window, and in the center, a pair of four-over-one double-hung sash windows.

The right (west) façade contains, at the ground level, a bank of five eight-light casement windows on the north end and a bank of three ten-light casements on the south end. Above, the full-width dormer has, from north to south, two pairs of four-over-one double-hung sash windows, a single, small fixed four-light window, and another pair of four-over-one double-hung sash windows all spread more or less evenly across the dormer. Below, the grade descends from front to back, fully exposing the brick-clad basement level at the alley at the rear of the building. A chimney rises from the ridge about two-thirds of the way toward the rear of the building.

The rear (south) façade contains, at the west end, a service entry at grade (basement) level and a two-light basement window to its right. Above, centered on the façade, is a bank of four ten-light casements, and at the second floor level, a single four-over-one double-hung sash window is centered on the gable and surrounded by Tudor timbering.

The east end of the rear façade contains the el wing. The east-facing façade of the west wing contains a ten-light entry door flanked by ten-light casements on the first level, and a four-over-one double-hung sash window on the second level. The south facing façade of the el contains, at grade (basement) level, a nine-light entry door on the east end and a pair of small, high three-light casement windows to its left. Above, in the rear facing full-width dormer, a single four-over-one double-hung sash window is located at the west end, and a pair of four-over-one double-hung sash windows is roughly centered in the dormer.

The east façade has, at grade level, a small basement-type window at the south end with a single four-over-one double-hung sash window directly above at the first floor level. To the right (north), the grade rises to obscure the basement level and accommodates a double-door entry on the first floor. Each door has three vertical rows of five lights. The second floor contains a small fixed four-light window centered beneath the ridge and between two large four-over-one double-hung sash windows on either side of the façade.

A double-car garage is set at the southeast corner of the lot, directly abutting a closed off intersection of two alleys. The garage, clad in vinyl siding of a color matching that of the house, and with similar shingling, appears to be of more recent construction.

Lot Dimensions: 75’ x 50’ (3750 sq. ft.)


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416 Whitney:

The George W. Wiswell house, built ca. 1924, is a one-and-a-half story, stone-clad Tudor cottage with a mansard roof. The building faces west, down the full length of the common parkway, toward Whitney Avenue. Roofing is dark brown asphalt shingle. The front façade is dominated by a small porch bumping out from the main body of the house, clad in the same stone, and covered by an extension of the shingled roof. The entry door is centered on the porch and flanked by broad horizontally-opening two sash windows on either side. The sides of the porch each have a large horizontally-opening two sash window as well. Left (north) of the porch, the front façade has a set of three four-over-one double-hung sash windows; right (south) of the porch is a pair of similar four-over-one double-hung sash windows. At the second floor level, two six-over-one double-hung sash windows are inset into the mansard roof. At the right (south) end of the mansard, the stucco side of a south-facing dormer on the south façade protrudes from the roofline. It contains an eight-light casement window at the corner.

To the right, the south façade features, just left of center, a large stone chimney rising from the ground and tapering from fireplace-width at the first floor level to a single flue above. The chimney interrupts the skirt of the gambrel roof and is partially engaged into the façade of the dormer above. Two small fixed six-light windows flank the chimney at the top of the ground level, and three two-light basement windows are situated beneath. Above, the dormer façade contains a pair of eight-light casement windows at each corner. Tudor planking is embedded into the stucco cladding of the dormer.

The rear (east) façade faces a north-south running alley and contains, at the ground level, a set of three large four-over-one double-hung sash windows on the left (south) end, an entry door roughly in the middle, a small fixed window (currently covered) to the right of the door, and a pair of three-light casements to its right (north). Above, the full-width dormer contains, left to right, a single six-over-one double-hung sash window, a small, high fixed four-light window, a lower four-over-one double-hung sash window that appears to illuminate a stair landing within, and a pair of four-over-one double-hung sash windows at the right (north) end.

The north façade contains, at the ground level, and from left to right, a pair of six-over-one double-hung sash windows and a single six-over-one double-hung sash window toward the front façade. A small basement window within a window well is centered on the façade. Above, two four-over-one double-hung sash windows separated by a stucco panel are inset into the gambrel.

A two-car garage is located at the northeast corner of the lot, near the intersection of two alleys. This garage is clad in stucco and has a similar roofline and shingling as the house, and appears to have been constructed at or near the same time as the house. The south façade contains a service door on the right (east) end. The east façade contains a pair of two-light casements (currently covered). The west façade contains a similar pair of two-light casements. The north façade contains a two-car overhead garage door.

Lot Dimensions: 113.3’ x 64’ (7251 sq. ft.)


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418 Whitney:

The Herbert L. Cramer house is a south-facing, two-story stucco and stone-clad Tudor Cottage built ca. 1925-26. The building has a gable-sided gambrel roof with a side-to-side ridge and a steeply pitched fore and aft ridge el with a gable front on the left (west) side of the front façade. The lower slope of the gambrel is flared out about one foot. The dark brown asphalt shingle roof is similar to all other roofing in the enclave. The stone siding rises from the ground to about waist height, where it has an irregular edge. The stone rises irregularly at the building corners and at ground floor window openings, and it borders the entry arch to the recessed front door. A fireplace chimney rises from the ground on the west end of the building, interrupts the roof edge, and continues above the roof ridge.

The front façade has, as stated before, a steeply pitched gable-ended el on the left (west) end of the building. The roof pitch flares out asymmetrically on the right side to shelter a small recessed entry porch behind a stone archway. To the left of the entry is a set of three four-over-one double-hung sash windows centered under the gable peak. Directly above on the second floor is a pair of four-over-one double-hung sash windows, and above them at the peak is a triangular, dark-stained louvered vent. To the right (east) of the front entry and on the indented flank of the main body of the house is another set of three four-over-one double-hung sash windows. Directly above these is a front-gabled dormer with a steeply pitched roof mimicking the larger roof on the el and containing a pair of six-over-one double-hung sash windows. Left (west) of this dormer, a single six-over-one double-hung sash window is inset into the nearly vertical lower slope of the gambrel roof. An open terrace is located to the right (east) of the front entry.

The east façade contains, on the ground floor, from front to back, a pair of small, high casement windows with leaded glass and a pair of larger six-over-one double-hung sash windows, all above the aforementioned run of irregularly edged stone. Above, two single four-over-one double-hung sash windows are set symmetrically in the stucco façade. Directly above and centered under the peak is a small rectangular louvered vent.

The rear (north) façade’s roof does not have the lower slope of a gambrel roof but rather ends above the window line of the second floor. This façade contains an entry door in the center with a small, high pair of six-light casement windows to the left (east) and a bank of three small, high six-light casements to the right, centered under the peak of the el. Directly above this bank is a four-over-one double-hung sash window, and above that is a triangle of dark stained louvers at the peak. Left (east) of the aforementioned four-over-one window is another, directly above the entry door, and further left is a pair of four-over-one double-hung sash windows centered above the smaller window at the ground level.

The west façade contains a fireplace chimney centered on the façade, with six-over-one double-hung sash windows on either side at the ground level. Above, a four-over-one double-hung sash window is set in the single-sided shed-roof dormer.

A gabled two-car garage is located at the northeast corner of the lot, is sided with stucco, and appears to be original.

Lot Dimensions: 55’ x 88.5’ (4867 sq. ft.)


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420 Whitney:

The John H. Barnes house faces south, is a Tudor cottage built ca. 1928-29, and is clad in dark-faced brick at the ground level and yellow stucco with embedded timbering above. This residence is one-and-a-half stories with a large, broad, clipped front gable spanning most of the front and a small el extending right (east) with a side-to-side ridge and a side-clipped gable on the right (east) side. Roofing is dark brown asphalt shingles. The front entry is roughly at the center of the façade, and under the right end of the large gable. A small roof is cantilevered out over the entry. To its left (west) and centered under the gable is a large fixed picture window with twin, tall, vertical casements on either side. Further to the left (west) and beneath the flared left end of the gable is a small porch with arched, screened openings on the south, west, and north sides. To the right of the front door is a bank of four nine-light casement windows. On the second level, two pairs of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows are set symmetrically in the gable, surrounded by embedded timbering. The shingling on the roof slope to the right of the gable is bull-nosed to turn under at the lower edge, mimicking the look of a thatched roof.

The right (east) façade contains, at the ground level, a small, fixed, nine-light window centered in the façade, and a pair of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows centered above. The roofline is a trapezoidal gable, sloped on the left (south) side and vertical on the right (north) side.

The rear (north) façade contains a one-car garage integrated into the structure on the left (east) end, in the el. To the right (west) of the garage door is a small high nine-light casement window. Immediately to the right and facing east is a service door. Further right, under the main gable, are, first, a pair of nine-light casements, and, further right, a bank of three nine-light casements. Above, over the garage door is a pair of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows with muntins in the Arts and Crafts style. To the right, and abutting the east slope of the roof over the main body of the house, is a pair of small, high nine-light casements with Arts and Crafts style lights. Within the clipped gable are, first, a single nine-light double-hung sash window with nine-over-one Arts and Crafts lights, and, to the right, a pair of nine-over-one double-hung sash windows. Within the clipped slope just beneath the peak, a louvered vent is inset into the shingling. All shingling is bull-nosed to curve inward.

The west façade has, on the ground floor, a nine-over-one double-hung sash window to the left (north) of the porch bump-out. The second floor is in the form of a shed-roof dormer with shingle siding, with a nine-over-one double-hung sash window at either end.

Lot Dimensions: 55’ x 78’ (4290 sq. ft.)


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422 Whitney:

The Frank J. Turk house faces south and is situated on a corner lot abutting Whitney Avenue on the west side and an alley on the north side. Built ca. 1928-29, the house is one-and-a-half stories, with a tee-shaped footprint. The capital of the tee runs fore and aft on the right (west) end of the building, and presents a large gable on the right end of the front façade. The standard of the tee runs left toward Whitney Avenue. A chimney pierces the side-to-side ridge of the tee’s standard. The building is faced with horizontally laid flagstone on the first floor and stucco above. The roof is a high, steep gambrel with shed-roof dormers and clipped end gables. The front façade has the main entry at the center of the façade, at the left end of the gable. The entry is framed with horizontal flagstone in a miniature gambrel-topped gable mimicking the larger gable behind it. To the left (west) of the entry is a large fixed picture window. To the right is an equally sized fixed picture window. Above, on the left, a shed-roof dormer stretches nearly the full length of the lower pitch of the gambrel, and contains three one-over-one double-hung sash windows. The rightmost window is slightly smaller than the other two to accommodate the roof of the main gable. To the right, and within the gable façade, a pair of one-over-one double-hung sash windows is centered on the second floor, and a single one-over-one double-hung sash window is centered directly above, beneath the clipped peak.

The right (east) façade contains a pair of small, high nine-light windows near the front, and a pair of one-over-one double-hung sash windows toward the rear. Above, a shed roof dormer contains two one-over-one double-hung sash windows.

The rear (north) façade is set below the grade of the adjoining alley at the east end. The alley slopes downward as it approaches Whitney Avenue. At the east end of the ground floor, the building has a clapboard-sided shed roof addition almost completely obscured by a fence separating it from the alley. The addition contains, from left to right, a bank of three one-over-one double-hung sash windows and a service door. Further right (west) is a shed roof single-car garage with the same horizontal flagstone siding as the main house, suggesting it is part of the original construction. The garage portion contains a large, glass block window. The garage has its own driveway paralleling the alley and merging with it before it reaches Whitney. Above, the gable at the left (east) end contains two one-over-one double-hung sash windows – one centered under the clipped peak, and one to its right. Another one-over-one double-hung sash window is centered above at the attic level. To the right (west), a shed-roof dormer contains a single one-over-one double-hung sash window at the second floor level. A smaller shed-roof dormer above that, at the attic level, contains a smaller casement window with diamond-pattern muntins.

The west façade contains a west-facing single-car garage door for the aforementioned garage. To its right (south), a large flagstone-clad five-sided bay rises from the basement level up to the first floor. At the basement level, a driveway leads directly to Whitney. An opening the size of a single-car garage door in the stone at this level has been enclosed with paneling containing a service door. At the first floor level, the bay contains a large fixed picture window on its center face and narrow one-over-one double-hung sash windows on the other four faces. The bay is topped with a five-sided roof and is engaged into the center of the west façade. Above, a single one-over-one double-hung sash window is set on either side of the gable at the second floor level, and a single one-over-one double-hung sash window is located at the attic level, beneath the clipped peak.

Lot Dimensions: 58.7’ x 83.4’ (4895 sq. ft.)